Global Sexual and Reproductive Health: Basic Concepts and State of the Art

Subject course
Elin Larsson
Womens and Childrens Health
MTC-huset, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14B, 2 tr
Akademiska sjukhuset, SE-751 85 UPPSALA
2018-10-08 - 2018-11-09
Yet to be decided

The course will combine one week on-campus activities (22-26 October) with online activities before and after the on-campus week. The course will be given in collaboration with Uppsala university and the ANSER Network (
Understanding of how sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is shaped, and its effects on future generations is crucial for all researchers involved in global health, maternal health and many other areas related to health. This course will provide Ph.D. students with the theoretical tools to review and carry out research in SRH.

Intended Learning outcomes.
At the end of the course the student should be able to:

1. Describe core concepts of reproduction, maternal mortality and -morbidity and sexual health in a global context
2. Understand sexual and reproduction in a public health- and global perspective.
3. Show advanced knowledge of how socio-, political-, economic- and ethical factors relate and influence SRH
4. Utilize, analyse and interpret data and measurements in SRH
5. Have knowledge regarding state of the art in SRH- where are the current gaps in research

This course covers:

1. Introduction to general and core concepts in reproductive and sexual health in a global context
2. Underlying causes of (in)equities in SRH
3. SDGs and other policy initiatives and their relation to SRH globally
4. Designing research projects aiming to study relevant research questions in SRH

NB. half of the on-campus week will take place in Stockholm
Online lectures and readings will take place before the on-campus week and an assignment given to all students at the beginning of the course and submitted at the end of the course

Essay that will be graded as fail or pass. It has to be shown that all the intended learning outcomes of the course are achieved.

Individual readings will be primarily journal articles and individual book chapters. The students should also read relevant WHO policies, -guidelines, -reports and –materials in SRH.

Elin Larsson
Birgitta Essén
Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson
Helena Kopp-Kallner

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